TCU Travels to Atlanta for NCAA Golf Championship

Pontus Gad and two other seniors will look to close out their TCU careers in style.

Pontus Gad and two other seniors will look to close out their TCU careers in style.

May 26, 2013


ATLANTA—TCU looks to close out its season strong this week when it competes at the 2013 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship in Milton, Ga. Competition runs Tuesday through Sunday at The Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course.

The Horned Frogs are one of 30 teams that survived NCAA Regional play to earn the opportunity to compete at the national championship tournament. This year marks TCU’s 17th all-time NCAA appearance and the 14th trip in head coach Bill Montigel’s 26-year tenure.

The NCAA Championship will consist of three 18-hole rounds Tuesday through Thursday to crown an individual champion and provide a cut of eight teams. Those eight squads, seeded by their finish in the medal format, will then compete in up to three rounds of single-elimination match play Friday through Sunday to determine a national champion. A practice round will precede the tournament on Monday starting at 9 a.m. EDT.

TCU will be playing the Crabapple Course at The Capital City Club for the second time this season. The Frogs traveled to the site for a dual match against No. 8 Georgia Tech back on April 19, posting a 3.5 to 2.5 victory over the Yellow Jackets. The course, which features Bermuda grass fairways and rough and bentgrass greens, will play a distance of 7,320 yards this week with a par score of 70.

Montigel will take his best TCU squad in several years to this week’s tournament in hopes of posting the program’s top showing ever at the NCAA Championship. The Frogs received the No. 9 overall seed in the field following a runner-up finish two weeks ago at the NCAA Pullman Regional and are ranked No. 7 in the Golfweek national performance index. TCU’s best previous NCAA showing was a tie for fourth in 1980, while it tied for seventh under Montigel in 1997 behind a runner-up individual effort by J.J. Henry and finished ninth four years ago.

TCU has been grouped together with No. 7 seed Georgia Tech and No. 8 seed Arkansas for the opening two rounds of play. The teams will tee off Tuesday starting from hole No. 10 at 1:10 p.m. EDT and at 7:50 a.m. EDT Wednesday from hole No. 1.

TCU will utilize its usual five-man lineup that competed throughout most of the season: sophomore Julien Brun; freshman Paul Barjon; and seniors Daniel Jennevret, Eli Cole and Pontus Gad. The group has competed together in 10 of 12 tournaments to date with the lone exceptions coming during a month absence by Barjon while he mended a hand injury in April.

A live video web stream will be available during the tournament on and is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday. Coverage for Thursday’s final round of stroke play is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. EDT, while footage of each of the three rounds of match play will commence at 1:15 p.m. EDT.

Additional information for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship can be found at Live online scoring will be provided at the official tournament website.

TCU is in the home stretch of one of its most successful seasons in head coach Bill Montigel’s 26-season tenure. The Frogs, currently ranked No. 7 nationally according to Golfweek and No. 9 in the Golf Coaches Association of America poll, have won two event titles this season and tied a program record for most individual tournament victories (four) set previously in 2002-03 and matched last season. TCU also posted victories in both of its dual matches this season, at Pepperdine (4-1) and against then-No. 8 Georgia Tech (3.5-2.5).

Included in this season’s team accomplishments:

* Two team victories: Carmel Cup, Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate.

* No. 7 team ranking by Golfweek is program’s highest this late in a season dating back to at least 2002.

* One of only four teams with all five golfers ranked among nation’s top-110 by Golfweek (also No. 1 Cal, No. 2 Alabama and No. 4 UCLA).

* Four individual victories (ties program record): Julien Brun, 3 (ties program record); Paul Barjon, 1.

* Nine top-3 team finishes in 12 tournaments, including five runner-up efforts.

* Reached NCAA Regional play for the 24th consecutive season.

* Reached NCAA Championship for the second straight season and fourth time in the last five years.

Julien Brun has picked up right where he left off at the end of last season, when he was a first-team All-American and reserve medalist at the NCAA Championship. He was one of three finalists for this year’s Ben Hogan Award and the first-ever Horned Frog up for the most prestigious individual honor in college golf.

Among Brun’s accomplishments since the end of last season are:

* Three college tournament titles (Carmel Cup, Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate, National Invitational Tournament), which matched the TCU season record he set last season.

* A stroke average of 70.39, which also is on pace to break a TCU season record that he set last season (70.51).

* Individual college rankings of Nos. 3 (Golfstat) and 5 (Golfweek).

* World amateur rankings of Nos. 4  according to both R&A and Scratch Players. He is tops among Europeans.

* First-Team All-Big 12 selection.

* Top-10 finishes in nine of 12 events with five top-5’s.

* Became only the sixth amateur ever to win a European Challenge Tour event back in November at the ALLIANZ Golf Open Toulouse Metropole in Selih, France.

* Led France to third place at the World Amateur Team Championship in November in Antalya, Turkey, with a fourth-place individual finish.

* Helped lead Team Europe to a comeback win over Team USA at the 2012 Palmer Cup in Northern Ireland last June.

TCU has been a mainstay on the NCAA Championship stage under 26th-year head coach Bill Montigel.

* TCU is making its 17th all-time NCAA Championship appearance and its 14th under Montigel’s watch.

* The Frogs have been to the national championship four of the last five years.

* When including individual appearances, TCU has sent at least one golfer to the NCAA Championship 20 times overall, 17 times under Montigel and five times of the last six seasons.

* TCU advanced to the NCAA Regional Championships for the 24th consecutive season this year, all under Montigel. The Frogs are one of only four teams to build a current streak that long under the same head coach along with Clemson, Florida and UNLV.

* TCU’s national postseason streak is the longest in the history of Horned Frogs Athletics. The women’s golf team owns the second-longest streak, having reached 18 consecutive NCAA Regionals.

TCU has seen six golfers earn top-10 individual NCAA finishes in its history, including five who placed among the top 5:

Year – Individual – Finish                 
1980 – David Sann – T-5th
1992 – Charlie Stevens – T-10th
1998 – J.J. Henry – T-2nd
2002 – Adam Rubinson – T-2nd
2009 – Tom Hoge – T-3rd
2012 – Julien Brun – T-2nd

* Julien Brun will try to produce an encore performance of his individual reserve-medalist effort at last year’s NCAA Championship. He was the third national runner-up in TCU history and the first non-senior.

* Brun tied for second place last season at Riviera Country Club alongside Florida’s Tyler McCumber at -2 overall, three shots behind NCAA Champion Thomas Pieters (Illinois).

Daniel Jennevret, a native of Sweden, is wrapping up his TCU career this season with the best effort of his long career. The Frogs’ active career leader in tournaments played has shown consistent improvement each of the last two seasons and is a big reason why the squad has been able to make the jump into the national top 10.

Jennevret claimed an individual title in only his second tournament as a Frog at the 2009 Prestige at PGA West, but he truly arrived last season, when he consistently posted top-20 finishes for TCU. The success only grew over the summer when he finished as top medalist in the stroke play portion of the British Amateur Championship at historic Royal Troon in Scotland.

Among his season highlights are:

* Has climbed to a career-high position of No. 61 in the Golfweek national performance index after finishing last season at No. 169.

* Also has moved up to a career-best 78th place on the R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking list.

* His season stroke average of 72.00 is on pace to set a career high by more than a full stroke over last season’s figure (73.24).

* His current season score versus par average of 0.58 is on pace to rank among TCU’s top-15 individual seasons since 1994 (No. 13).

* Ranks second on the team behind only Julien Brun having led the Frogs on the individual leaderboard in two tournaments.

* Has five top-10 finishes in 12 tourneys, also second on the team.

* Represented Sweden at the World Amateur Team Championship back in November in Antalya, Turkey.

Eli Cole is experiencing his best season as a Horned Frog in his final year on campus despite having to overcome some tough circumstances. Cole missed the entire 2011-12 season after suffering a major lower right leg injury in an offseason pickup soccer game back home in California. He broke both his tibia and fibula in the accident.

Cole was held out of competition for more than a full year before his first tournament at the 2012 U.S. Amateur. He made it a successful debut, qualifying for the match-play portion of the event after surviving a 15-man sudden-death playoff. This season has been by far the best of Cole’s career, and his return to the lineup has been one of the paramount reasons behind TCU’s jump into the national top 10.

Among Cole’s season highlights are:

* Ranks No. 100 in the Golfweek national performance index.

* On pace to set a career-best with a season stroke average of 72.44. His top previous figure was 75.00 in 2010-11.

* Has posted five top-10 finishes in TCU’s 12 tournaments after entering the season with just one in his career.

Pontus Gad has experienced an impressive comeback of his own this season following a tough campaign in 2011-12. Gad, a lineup regular for TCU in his first two seasons on campus, struggled as a junior to the point that he was held out of the team’s 2012 postseason lineup.

Gad responded by being proactive in fixing his game in the offseason. He returned home to Sweden and even extended his absence from TCU through the fall semester before returning this spring. The break proved to be a turning point for his Frog career, as he has responded with one of the top seasons by a Frog in the last decade.

Among Gad’s season highlights are:

* Is currently ranked No. 69 in the Golfweek national performance index after climbing as high as No. 50 earlier this season.

* His season stroke average of 71.83 is on pace to rank among the top-15 seasons by a TCU golfer since 1994 (No. 12).

* Is on pace to cut nearly 2.5 full strokes off of his previous best.

* His season stroke average ranks second on the team and was No. 48 nationally as of May 7.

* Has three top-10 finishes in 10 tournaments, two more than in any of his previous seasons.

TCU received a boost during its runner-up finish at the NCAA Pullman Regional with the return of Paul Barjon. A hand injury had kept the freshman sensation out of the team’s last three competitions, its dual match with Georgia Tech and tournaments at The Morris Williams Intercollegiate and Big 12 Championship.

Barjon has been a high-impact addition for Montigel’s squad after arriving from France in the offseason as one of world’s top-100 amateur golfers. Following a brief adjustment period due to challenges of adapting to life both in the United States and college, Barjon has been fantastic. He won the event prior to taking time off from the injury, the U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford, and has shot par golf or better in his last seven rounds.

Among Barjon’s season highlights are:

* Ranks No. 110 in the most recent Golfweek national performance index, placing TCU’s entire five-man lineup in the national top-110.

* Has climbed into a career-high position of No. 61 on the R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking list.

* Is fifth on the team in season stroke average (72.48) but has a figure of only 71.70 since the start of the spring semester.

* Has four top-10 finishes in TCU’s 12 tournaments and has finished in the top-25 in each of his last five events.

* Joined teammate Julien Brun in leading France to third-place honors at the World Amateur Team Championship back in November in Antalya, Turkey.



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